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Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

Govt lifts MEP, announces free export of all onion varieties from 15 March

In September 2019, the govt banned onion exports and also imposed an MEP of $ 850 per tonne, after prices started skyrocketing due to supply-demand mismatch.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Poor storage, panic imports, govt failures led to 2019 onion crisis. It could happen again

Excess monsoon destroyed the kharif onion crop, but there was much administrative failure that led to the prices crossing Rs 150 per kg.
Vendors carry onion sacks at a market in Mumbai

No one wants imported onions. So, Modi govt plans distress sale to states at Rs 10/kg

Govt spent Rs 226 crore to import the onions, but has only sold worth Rs 17-19 crore to the states.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Onion prices likely to fall this year as govt forecasts 7% rise in production

Onion prices had skyrocketed to Rs 100 per kg in several parts of the country last November due to a 30-40 per cent dip in its production.
Stock limits imposed on onions under the Essential Commodities Act led to skyrocketing prices late last year | File photo: PTI

Ashok Gulati’s onion ‘fiasco’ fix, where are women bankers asks Tamal Bandopadhyay

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Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Move over Chinese lights and toys, this New Year there will be onions from China

Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation has issued a tender to import 11,000 metric tonnes of onion, of which 4,000 MT was awarded to China.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s Great Onion Crisis of 2019 is coming to an end

Onion prices at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra are expected to plunge to about Rs 20-25 per kilogram from mid-January.
Vegetable vendors

Prices of potato, tomatoes, other vegetables also soar as winter rains damage crops

Farmers have already been roiled by the steep onion prices, currently being sold at Rs 100/kg. The govt has been working towards cooling prices, including banning exports.
R. Prasad | The Economic Times

Faking Islamophobia for citizenship bill, Amit Shah’s trophy and a proposal with an onion

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Can India handle frequent onion crisis without fixing its distortionary farm economics?

Onion prices have surged across India again, ranging from Rs 90 per kilo to Rs 200 per kilo.

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Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai

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Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

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Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

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